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Is it true that stretching before exercise primes muscles for the workout?

Recently, experts have taken a new stance on stretching and workouts, strongly suggesting that a warm up before exercise is a good idea, but stretching at the start of a workout is a no-no.  The concern is that stretching “cold muscles,” which describes muscles before they are warm and pliable, can actually prime them for damage during a workout. The recommendation is to walk, lightly jog, jump in place or do other active movements to “warm muscles up,” and then proceed with your workout. Save the stretching for the end of the workout. 

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